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Crime Experts No Longer Sure That Ronni Chasen Murder Was Random

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crime experts no longer sure about botched robbery theory in chasen case

Seems like everything we think we know about this case completely changes from day to day!

Yesterday, police were saying that Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen's murder was a random act of violence, but now criminologists are saying that the killing seems like a professional hit to them.

Here's what former California prosecutor Robin Sax had to say about the case:

"It just doesn't seem believable. Chasen had three perfect shots to the chest, which sounds like the work of a professional. The notion of Smith coming into $10,000 didn't just come from nowhere, and the fact that the bullet cases weren't found indicates that this person knew what they were doing and it was hardly random."

Here's what L.A. criminal defense attorney Angelyn Gates had to say about the situation:

"In theory, there could be, and should be, residue on the bicycle, which would be a huge indicator. Unless he was smart enough to think his bike has residue on it and he took a scrub brush and washed it down, they should be able to find some residue on the bike."

And more from Gates:

"I don't know why in the initial reports they were saying it couldn't be someone from the streets or the sidewalk because now they're saying completely the opposite. [Smith on a bike] doesn't make a lot of sense because nobody from the original reports said anything about a guy on a bike and it's hard to get away on a bike fast."

Guess we'll see what revelations come up next! At least they're getting CLOSER to figuring it out.


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9 comments to “Crime Experts No Longer Sure That Ronni Chasen Murder Was Random”

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    There is no estate tax through Dec. 31, 2010. Bittersweet for her beneficiaries.

  3. 3

    It was a hit. It seems obvious. She knew she was being followed because she told people months earlier that she felt she was being followed. She told people. She had problems with her family ……or maybe it was a work associate. Why Why Why would the police think it wasn't a hit?

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    I don't have a problem with the bike theory. But was it random or was he paid (maybe by a family member) to do this? I question that because he was truthful perhaps in being involved after all. So why then would he make up receiving funds? It appears as though it's random. But because of that apparent statement and the weirdness of a certain family member I wonder. I hope they just don't close it and call it a day. He couldn't have been that desperate if he had money coming from a settlement or already received it to put himself into that much jeopardy of going back to prison.

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    Oh please, it's a big, stinkin cover-up. Or else… as the police say, it was a "homeless" (who lived in a low-rent apt), bike-riding, expert-shooting, miraculously doesn't appear on surveillance video, crazy, randomly spouts out that he is receiving $10,000 for a murder, decides to shoot through the passenger window instead of the driver (and nails it 4 times) in the event of a car/bicycle-robbery (but doesn't steal anything) black guy (in Beverly Hills). Oh, and he's conveniently dead. Yeahhhhh, that's the ticket.

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    I have a theory, it WAS a professional hit and the guy DID NOT commit suicide. Either they offered him $10k for use of his gun then killed him, or they killed him (made it look like a suicide) and planted the gun. They had contacted him beforehand offering him money, which is why he mentioned the money to that person.

  7. 7

    It's no wonder why ppl in California don't go to jail. No one knows what the hell they are doing out there. They change their minds like one would change their underwear. Sheesh.

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    I've got to say this is perfect for one of the old Hollywood film noir pics. We need Bogart to come back as lead Private Dick on the case. This is classic noir material with the Beverly Hills police wanting to close the case but none of the clues add up to what they are saying….

  9. 9

    I mean, I'm no criminal investigator or anything but…. has anyone in this case brought up the fact that… just because he didn't "own" a car…doesn't mean he didn't have the means to get one. He could have easily stolen one…
    Add to the fact that she was followed, she was the only one shot, and the shooter knew how/where to shoot….
    Doesn't seem like rocket science.